Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

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“Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla” is a low-budget comedy film from 1952, directed by William Beaudine. The film follows two nightclub performers, Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo, who are stranded on a tropical island after their plane crashes. They soon discover that the island is inhabited by a mad scientist, Dr. Zabor (played by Bela Lugosi), who has been experimenting on animals to turn them into humans.

Dr. Zabor mistakes Duke for a famous scientist he has been waiting for and decides to use him in his experiments. Meanwhile, Sammy falls in love with Nona, a native girl who has been turned into a gorilla by Dr. Zabor’s experiments. The rest of the film follows the duo’s attempts to escape the island and foil Dr. Zabor’s evil plans.

The film is known for its bizarre plot, cheesy special effects, and amateurish acting. Despite being panned by critics upon its release, it has gained a cult following over the years and is often cited as an example of “so bad it’s good” cinema.

William Beaudine

Tim Ryan, Leo ‘Ukie’ Sherin, Edmond Seward

Bela Lugosi, Duke Mitchell, Sammy Petrillo

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